The Call of Cthulhu and Other Dark Tales

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Dark Tales

H.P. Lovecraft Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock / Sep 21, 2019

The Call of Cthulhu and Other Dark Tales H P Lovecraft s fiction reveals a universe that is vaster darker and stranger than anything previously imagined His cosmic horror reflects a peculiarly modern philosophical belief system in which hu

  • Title: The Call of Cthulhu and Other Dark Tales
  • Author: H.P. Lovecraft Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock
  • ISBN: 9781435116436
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • H P Lovecraft s fiction reveals a universe that is vaster, darker, and stranger than anything previously imagined His cosmic horror reflects a peculiarly modern philosophical belief system in which human beings are regarded as insignificant in light of the vastness of time and SPAAACE The especially Lovecraftian twist on this apocalyptic premise is that it is alien fH P Lovecraft s fiction reveals a universe that is vaster, darker, and stranger than anything previously imagined His cosmic horror reflects a peculiarly modern philosophical belief system in which human beings are regarded as insignificant in light of the vastness of time and SPAAACE The especially Lovecraftian twist on this apocalyptic premise is that it is alien forces and powers at work in the universe that possess the potential for the ultimate destruction of mankind Reprinted here are many of Lovecraft s most famous works, including The Call of Cthulhu 1928 , The Dunwich Horror 1929 , and The Shadow Over Innsmouth 1936 These stories will introduce readers to Lovecraft s pantheon of gods, his characteristic themes, his fictitious New England geography and, of course, the Necronomicon, Lovecraft s famous invented book of occult secrets.

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      • H.P. Lovecraft Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock

        Howard Phillips Lovecraft, of Providence, Rhode Island, was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction.Lovecraft s major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror life is incomprehensible to human minds and the universe is fundamentally alien Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Christianity Lovecraft s protagonists usually achieve the mirror opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality.Although Lovecraft s readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades He is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th Century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.


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    1. Although I enjoyed this collection, I wasn't blown away by it. I think reading so much Lovecraft in quick succession reveals how repetitive and formulaic many of his stories are.The standard Lovecraft tale goes like this: "Have you heard about that crazy shit that happened in [New England town]? Well I was there. And I'll tell you, it's even crazier than you think. When I went there, at first I didn't think there was any crazy shit going on. And then I heard from this guy everyone thinks is craz [...]


    2. Last month (September 2013) I had an idea that I'd journey back to two of the true originals in two of my favorite genres; horror and fantasy. The other author I read was Robert Howard, who wrote the original Conan stories. I enjoyed both authors, but I think I had a better overall time with Howard. I'm not sure why, but reviewing Lovecraft is kind of daunting and complicated, which is probably why I bitched out and made this introduction half about Howard.This collects many of Lovecraft's famou [...]


    3. I can’t imagine how it would be to read this book as as a non-white person. I couldn’t get past the racism to really enjoy the story.


    4. H. P. Lovecraft is a master of atmosphere. If you over-think it, it might not appeal so much, but if you sit back and enjoy the ride, he will creep you out with his worlds beyond the one we know - just beyond.


    5. I give this volume three stars, though it perhaps deserves better. The collection is weighed down by Lovecraft's early tales, as well as by some predictable twists in his later ones. But though a reader will surely go mad if he or she delves too deeply into the author's crabbed scribblings, many are worth reading: in particular I enjoyed "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward" and the flawed but genuinely scary "The Shadow Over Innsmouth."Lovecraft has a "tell, don't show" narrative style, and in his [...]


    6. Oh wow. The Master at work. The foundation for the Modern Horror can be found in these pages. Authors like Steven King and Clive Barker as well as a host of others all acknowledge the affect H. P. Lovecraft had on their careers. This collection was a good one and the first in a series of three. This book starts with the most famous of HPL's short stories, The Call of Cthulhu. Introducing the cosmic horror of Cthulhu and extra-dimensional, oh, please let me say, extra-terrene horror of Cthulhu. A [...]


    7. So I can't diss Lovecraft's writing because no one in their right mind would diss Lovecraft's writing. It's gorgeous and suspenseful and sooo well done. So here's the issue I guess: Lovecraft is the basis for classic horror, right? That's probably why as good as these stories are, I was able to predict the endings to basically all of them. So while I enjoyed them a lot, what made them great was also what made them a little less enjoyable for me. It turned into a "well yeah obviously they're rela [...]


    8. After reading "The Colour Out of Space" and being enticed by several other friends to read more Lovecraft AND staring at an untouched copy of some random collection of his shorts I had picked up at a used book store, I resolved to slake my dreadful curiosity and read this one (recommended and borrowed from a friend).I liked them for the most part. Predictably, the shadow over innsmouth and the call of Cthulhu were my favorites, but I also liked the whisperer in darkness just because it had so ma [...]


    9. My own personal discovery of H.P. Lovecraft's writing has truly been a blessing to me. I've started to consume Lovecraft's oeuvre with great gusto. This volume was a wonderful introduction into his dark world. There is great melancholy to be found in these pages. There's also some wonderful horror here. Since discovering the writer in January 2010, I've started to pick up on just how influential this guy really is on horror and weird fiction. The comic books I so cherish owe a heaping amount of [...]


    10. This is a good, representative collection of the works of HP Lovecraft. Note that this is not a complete collection, and (for you Cthulhu aficionados) it's not a collection of his works on the Cthulhu mythos. Rather, it is a selection of his works representing the various "phases" of his writing. The introduction to the book, as well as the short introductions to each chapter, provide fascinating insight into the author and the background behind some of the stories.This is a great introduction t [...]


    11. Phew! I'm finally done!I'm glad I've officially read Lovecraft-- there's a lot of great material here and it's super cool to see his influence in literature and movies. Some of hear stories suffered from being too long, and the formulaic plots could be a little monotonous, especially with the "show-don't-tell" writing about going insane. It took me a while to really "get" the love for Lovecraft, but once you get a feel for the writing and the universe, it's a fun ride.


    12. I enjoyed it. It's weird, because there's virtually no characterization in his work, his narrative structure nearly always hews very closely to the junior high school essay "tell me what you're going to tell me, tell me, tell me what you just told me" paradigm, and the horrifying twists are easy to see coming from miles away, but his writing is atmospheric enough to make up for all that.


    13. Never read Lovecraft one story after another. While I totally dig his stories they are rather monotonous when you read so many. The main characters are pretty much all the same person, all doing pretty much the same stuff in one way or another. It was tedious to finish, but I did and I'm glad. Lovecraft is good in moderation, not in fifteen stories one after the other :(


    14. Besides Lovecraft's overt racism, the stories are usually pretty well done. Most have that touch of otherworldly terror he is so well known for, and the presence of suspense is spectacular. Some of the stories were okay. Read it over the course of a year so my memories of some of the stories are a little foggy (I admit to skimming some of the stories I wasn't interested in).


    15. This collection of short stories was very hit or miss. Some of them gripped you and didn't let go until the end, while others just seemed to drag on forever. However, the common element of the cult of Cthulhu was a great one. Definitely worth reading for anyone with a love of sci fi and fantasy.



    16. Having never read any Lovecraft, this book was recommended and loaned to me by a friend. I didn't read the whole book, but read quite a few of the stories to get a good taste of Lovecraft's craft.



    17. Love the dark places Lovecraft takes the reader. Brilliant writing, and the tales Stay with you. Any true horror fan must read his stories! So many authors have been influenced by his writing.




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